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Organized way of setting up (introductory) physics problem

  1. Jan 29, 2014 #1
    I did not post this on the homework forum because they required to use the template.

    First, I have been using the "Known____Unknown______Equations" format; however, I feel this is not organized well enough for me. Then, I tried "Variables____Components_______________Equations" format. Do you guys have other very organized physic problems set-ups that you use?
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  3. Jan 29, 2014 #2

    Stephen Tashi

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    I suggest you post an example of an organization format that you prefer.
  4. Jan 31, 2014 #3
    In a loose leaf paper.
  5. Jan 31, 2014 #4


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    The first thing you should put on your paper is a Free Body Diagram; always. After that, write down knowns and unknowns. Then find relevant equations and start reasoning your way to a solution. The longer you wait to start plugging numbers in, the better. Symbolic solutions are more useful than numerical.
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